Friday, June 17, 2011

Dice Survey Shows Continued Growth in IT Industry

A recent hiring survey conducted by, an IT staffing firm, shows that hiring in the IT industry is continuing to improve, even since the same survey was conducted 6 months ago. According to Dice, whereas the national unemployment rate is 9%, the unemployment rate in IT is only 4%. Sixty-five percent of the companies surveyed by Dice said they plan to hire more IT workers in the last six months of 2011 than they hired in the first six months.

Although employers report the need to hire more IT workers, 63% report that they are struggling to find enough qualified IT professionals to fill open positions. Demand is especially high for IT professionals skilled in mobile computing, java and .net development, cloud computing, data security, and network security.

If you are currently in school getting your IT education, consider the Dice survey good news; 47% of survey respondents said that new-hire salaries will be higher in 2011 than they were in 2010. If you are already working in IT and looking for better compensation, Dice says to “know that the pendulum has swung back in [your] favor a little. The market is tight and employers don’t want to lose good people. So there is a chance for [you] to take advantage of that.”

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